Conception

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7 awesome pregnancy announcements of 2015

The best pregnancy announcements of 2015.

Suzi Catchpole We laughed and cried right along with them - here are the best pregnancy announcements of this year.

Is your name on the way out?

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MELANIE MAHONEY We often hear about baby names that are rocketing up the charts, but what about the names at the opposite end of the trends list?

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Women learning they're going to be grandmas is the happiest thing you'll see all day

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Staff writers One video compilation, shared on Facebook, features many women learning they're going to be grandmothers – and the clips are just gorgeous.

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Natural ways to try to choose your baby's sex

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Angela Epstein When friends began to whisper that they had used "natural" methods to swing the gender balance, I found their words impossible to ignore.

Parenting news from around the web

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A wrap-up of unusual, funny and controversial parenting news, as well as what's going viral on the internet.

New pregnancy test syncs with your phone

The new app-integrated test.

Staff writers A new high-tech pregnancy test communicates with a companion app to give you the good news.

Fertility more articles

Why men need to shape up for pregnancy too

Belly full: men need to shape up for pregnancy too.

Paula Goodyer What does a would-be father's waistline have to do with the health of his future children?  

Dad orders surrogate mother to abort baby

Commercial surrogacy is legal in many US states.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A man who is paying a surrogate mother to carry his child has demanded the woman abort a baby, or face financial ruin, after learning she is pregnant with triplets.

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Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

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Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

IVF more articles

IVF treatment: South African agency flies egg donors to Australia

South African egg donor Genevieve Uys is running an agency that brings egg donors to Australia.

MARIKA DOBBIN Young South African women are due to arrive in Australia this month to serve as egg donors for local IVF patients who are desperate for babies.

Our baby joy took a decade, cost $200,000 and involved three countries

Norbert Herrmann and Suzanne Pattison with their 21-month-old daughter Elke.

MARIKA DOBBIN Suzanne Pattison would often see women playing with their kids in the park and long for that kind of love in her life and, after a decade of waiting, now she has it.

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The couple who were both pregnant at the same time

Kate Elazegui and Emily Kehe gave birth to their sons just days apart.

Staff writers Many women find themselves wishing their partner truly understood what they were going through during pregnancy.

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Australian 'twiblings' safely home together

Sean and Danielle with their 'twiblings' Ava and Ethan.

Staff writer They have the same parents, but were born in different countries just four weeks apart.

Surrogate sues biological father over abortion request

Melissa is already a mum of four, including her own triplets, and has been a surrogate once before.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A surrogate mother pregnant with triplets is suing the biological father of the babies after he ordered her to abort one child.

Could male pregnancy be a thing in just five years?

Men may be able to share the experience of pregnancy in just five years, experts say.

Every woman who has used the "well, we have to go through childbirth" line to win an argument with a man may soon be set to eat her words.

Adoption more articles

Woman launches desperate campaign to find adopted son's parents

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Zoe Hunt A desperate search for a boy's biological parents has taken a family from Seattle to Shanghai, an almost 20,000km round trip.

Family launches Facebook search for triplet sons

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Staff writers In 1972 Cynthia Bush was 16, pregnant with triplets, and alone.

Lesbian couple told to hand back toddler

Zeitoun Arouth was deregistered as a doctor after he had a 12-year affair with a patient and secretly prescribed her painkillers.

LOUISE HALL A baby girl relinquished by her mother at birth into the care of a lesbian couple will be "transitioned" back to her biological family after the mother later "changed her mind".

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Discuss conception with EB members!

Are you thinking about trying to conceive (TTTC) or trying to conceive (TTC)? Perhaps you're after information on assisted conception or donors? Ask for tips or help others in the Essential Baby conception forums.

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

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